Nursing students are expected to attend all classes, to be in the clinical areas as assigned, and to be on time. Faculty will set other attendance requirements for particular classes, labs and/or clinicals. It is the faculty’s discretion to determine what constitutes excused and unexcused absences. Failure to attend the first two classes or a clinical orientation will result in removing the student from the course and affects program progressions accordingly.

A minimum number of clinical hours is required to complete clinical rotations. Absences for any reason may adversely affect the course grade and may result in failure and will definitely affect the student’s grade.

The laboratory component of nursing courses is an integral part of the nursing program. Successful demonstration of technical nursing skills in the lab is vital to ensure safe nursing practice in the clinical agencies. Therefore, attendance at all scheduled lab demonstrations, practices and tests are mandatory.

If an absence is unavoidable, the student is responsible for remedial work to master the material or activity missed, as well as for notifying the instructor(s) in a timely, appropriate manner. However, the points or credits may not be recouped. If a scheduled test is missed, there is no guarantee that it can be rescheduled; this may adversely affect the final course grade.